Research and Development
Our Research and Development team is headed by two of the greatest minds in molecular genetics: Dr. Gary Harman and Dr. L. David Kuykendall.
Dr. Gary Harman
Chief Science Officer
Dr. Gary Harman has dedicated his livelihood to the development of microbial technologies to enhance plant growth and productivity, including biological control of plant diseases, enhanced resistance to stress, improved nitrogen use efficiency and increased yields; development of products using agricultural waste products for environmental remediation; startup companies from technologies in lab; author of two books; including Trichoderma and Gliocladium, co-authored by Christian Kubick of the Technical University in Vienna, Austria; about 150 scientific papers and about 20 patents or patent applications.
Dr. L. David Kuykendall
Consulting Senior Scientist
Dr. L. David Kuykendall’s professional career has spanned more than 36 years. Earning a PhD in Microbiology in 1976 at the age of 23, Dr. Kuykendall has authored 107 scientific journal articles and book chapters. His published work has received more than 1,500 literature citations. Early in the 1980s, Dr. Kuykendall began to be recognized internationally for significant original contributions to biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) and plant/ microbe interactions research. In 1982 David was appointed a Senior Scientist in the Science and Technology Exchange Initiative agreed by India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and our late President Ronald Reagan, administered by the U.S. Department of State. In 1985, Professor Hauke Hennecke invited Dave to do sabbatical research at ËTH-Zurich’s Microbiology Institute. Textbooks and graduate-level courses have been revised for his discoveries. Invitation to author six chapters defining and describing four families and six genera of legume-nodulating, nitrogen-fixing bacteria in the new edition of Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology was noteworthy peer recognition. Moreover Dr. Kuykendall was invited to author a chapter in a book published by the American Phytopathological Society. Both national and international awards have been presented to Dr. Kuykendall in recognition of the strong impact of his research and technology transfer accomplishments.